Moby Dick Wasn't Caught

 

Music and lyrics by Whitney Smith, 1998, SOCAN

 

It's a short long life

For a man and his wife

So cling to the earth, my boy.

Wrap your body 'round a tree

'Cause the Devil hopes you'll be

Like the whale (who you're not!)

In the deep dark yawn

(Moby-Dick wasn't caught)

You'll be gone.

 

If a body asks you in

And she takes you for a spin

And if she says the one who says "I do!"

Be a farmer all your days

Don't be goin' out to graze

Like the whale (who you're not!)

In the deep dark yawn

(Moby-Dick wasn't caught)

You'll be gone.

 

Chorus:

Watch the waves! Count the days!

Watch the waves hit the lighthouse rock.

Thank the Lord for the almighty road you walk. 

Let the well run dry. Let the green earth burn.

But whatever goes wrong there's just one thing to learn

Don't be goin' to sea cause you'll never return!

 

Only one man swore

That he'd bring the beast to town

Dig a knife in his back for a crown.

Something called him in his dreams

Then it ripped him by the seams

Like the whale (who you're not!)

In the deep dark yawn

(Moby-Dick wasn't caught)

You'll be gone.

 

If you heft that sail

If you pull that oar

If you leave this home behind

In Tahiti there is peace

But the price is the fleece

Like the whale (who you're not!)

In the deep dark yawn

(Moby-Dick wasn't caught)

You'll be gone.

 

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